As you know I like me some antiques. I’ve often said that a room lacks ‘soul’ unless there is something vintage or antique in it and I will stand by that until the day I become an antique myself. As much as I love heading out for the day, searching for new and fun antique spots throughout the city, my true love is online shopping after the kids have gone down, with a glass of wine in hand (DANGEROUS). My newest addiction for that serotonin high that is shopping is Everything But the House – an online estate site. You shop, watch, favorite, bid and pickup or pay for shipping. It’s faster and cheaper than other online auction places like Ebay but with more competition (and therefore adrenaline).
I’ve bought/WON! a lot from their site (some of which you are seeing in these pictures, and why you may ask? Because you can score amazing and unique items there, whilst sitting on your sofa watching Nate Berkus and Jeremiah’s Brent’s new show on TLC. It’s pretty much my fantasy/perfect night. So, when they reached out about working together to pull together some of my favorite items that are currently up for auction on a dedicated page I of course said, “Yes, Please”, which you can now shop HERE.
So for this post I thought I’d share what I’m looking for now and always. There are many things I love always, and a few things that are emotional splurges, so let’s get into it.
First up – primitive/shaker furniture. These are the antiques that are simple and functional but old AF (which means they are full of character and style).
1. Bowback Windsor Armchair: The amount of beautiful accent chairs (that are not from sets) that I own might be becoming an issue, but it is hard to pass up a beautifully designed and made chair. I could definitely get into grabbing this one for its unique style and details.
2. Green Antique Cabinet: I just recently brought home a painted sideboard from Round Top but this one is tugging at my heartstrings what with it’s perfectly patina-ed green paint and porcelain knobs.
3. Shaker Style Two-Drawer Table: It’s unique, functional, and could be used as a side table, a nightstand or anywhere else that you need some extra storage and a surface to style.
4. Black Desk with Shaker Chair: This piece is very unique and would be so beautiful in a guest bedroom as a small little writing desk.
5. 19th Century Pine Sideboard: Give me pine, brass casters, and some unique detailing and I am a happy gal. I love this piece and wish I had a wall to put it on as it would be such a great addition to any room.
6. Shaker Style Swivel Chair: It’s a little bit modern, a little bit antique but would be the perfect chair to add to your desk, not to mention it swivels.
7. Shaker Style Accent Table: Simple, classic, and functional. This guy will never go out of style.
8. Leather Club Chair: There is nothing quite like a vintage club chair with worn leather and the perfect amount of age and distressing. Scoop this one up in the auction before Brady does, as I know he is looking for some new ones and this chair’s mate is also up for auction.
9. Blue Bombe Chest of Drawers: It is hard to tell if this is authentically new or old, but I love the blue color on it so that makes it a winner for me.
10. Thonet Style Dining Chairs: Thonet chairs will always be a good dining room chair choice. I love that they are all a slightly different wood tone. Throw them around a tulip table and you are set.
11. Shaker Style Side Table: This sweet little table is simple and traditional but those gorgeous curved legs give it the perfect amount of character.
12. Collection of Antique Chairs: These guys are old, and need some work but I am very into a collected dining room chairs moment and these guys would work perfectly for that.
13. Pine Dry Sink Cupboard: Once again I want another pine sideboard that I don’t have ANY room for. This piece is so beautiful, someone please buy it, style it, and send me lots of pictures so I can vicariously mother it from afar.
14. Austrian Bentwood Highchair: Not sure if this would be safe to throw the kids in, but it is such a special piece that it would be so beautiful in a kids room, or in a dining room. That is if you can get your kids to sit long enough through “snack time” without something to buckle them in.
15. Shaker Style Maple Accent Table: I love the slender legs and the tall scale of this guy. Would be perfect for a small space.
16. Shaker Style Chairs with Rattan Seat: Rattan and Ladderback chairs will always be classic, so you can’t go wrong with this set.
17. Black Wooden Tool Box: I am SO tempted to buy this for Charlie’s room to house all of his “toy tools” we have a set of soft plastic ones that he loves to play with and this would be so much fun to put them all in so that he feels very official.
18. Tiger Oak Writing Desk: If having a “writing desk” doesn’t make you feel fancy then I don’t know what will. I can just imagine this in my “parlor” as I handwrite love notes to Brian and smell my freshly picked roses from the garden that I’ve styled on top of the desk. A girl can dream.
Next up … The random special pieces that are full of conversation and would be the perfect addition to any space. I think everyone needs a piece that we can call a “curiosity”.
1. Moon Globe and Storybook: This is so fun and unique. I had a vintage globe collection in Charlie’s old room and I can only imagine how fun it would be to have story time with this book and moon globe.
2. Antique Persian Rug: “I have too many antique statement rugs” said no one ever. I love the muted tones in this one, and the blue and red combo mixed with the pattern are alway always a good combo for hiding dirt and stains.
3. Canes and Walking Sticks: My friend Scott used to have a collection of canes in his entryway and I always loved seeing it. Put these in a big basket or container and you instantly have a statement piece when you walk. And besides if your hip starts hurting you’ll have plenty to choose from when the time comes.
4. Glass Decanter: I love the red jewel tone and the font on this guy. Put it on a tray with a some glasses, a few bottles of alcohol and you have an instant bar.
5. 1800’s Ephemera: I would love to buy all of these, float frame them and then hang them on a wall somewhere. You could also throw them into a glass dome or box to display them, and whenever you need to channel your inner romantic, you can rummage through them and read through their perfect penmanship.
6. Red Metal Cafe Set: It might not be for everyone but this could be so fun in the right house. If red isn’t your style then have it powder coated in white or black. (Iced Tea and gossip not included)
7. Trio of Baskets: These guys would be great for just about anything – grocery shopping, hanging on a wall for magazines/mail, a kids room for toy storage, a picture perfect picnic.
8. Acrylic Trunk: Fill it up with something fun or leave it empty and use it as a side table. Either way it is a fun piece to add some eclectic vibes to your space.
9. Brass Crank Pepper Mill: I want this for our kitchen. Would be so pretty displayed next to our stove with our decanted oils and cookbooks.
10. Vintage Desk Clock: Get this for your bookshelf, the dude in your life, or for yourself if you can’t seem to make it out of the house on time. I love it’s simple shape and font.
11. Brass Piggy Bank: Brass animals are good, brass animals that also double as piggy banks that are in fact a piggy are even better. This would be so fun in a kids room or on your dresser to throw your spare change into.
12. Framed Map of Paris: I am having a slight love affair with vintage maps currently. I just bought one of Los Angeles that I am getting framed and might hang in Charlie’s room, but if Paris is your jam then you should snag this beauty up.
13. Pocket Watch: Totally useless unless you call yourself old fashioned and still keep time with a pocket watch, but it is so beautiful and makes a fun addition to your jewelry tray or box. I have a few of these that I have put onto long gold chains and turned them into necklaces.
14. Cast Iron Doorstop: This guy is too cute, and would be so fun as your doorstop/guard dog.
15. Persian Shiraz Area Rug: This is speaking to Commonwealth Emily’s heart what with it’s pink, red, and blue combo. I love it so much and it would be so pretty in a kitchen or entryway to add a pop of color.
As much as I love these antiques, I always need something that is a little more modern and simple to curb my granny tendencies from going too old world.
1. Mid Century Modern Dresser: Simple, modern and a great looking tallboy dresser for your bedroom.
2. Gold Bar Cart: I am still on the fence as to whether bar carts are having a moment or not, but I love this brass and glass beauty.
3. Credenza with Brass Inlay: This brass inlaid beauty would be so good in your living room, entry or dining area if you have the space for it.
4. Vintage Campaign Desk: If I had an office at home, with plenty of room for a large desk like this then I would be very into adding this to the growing collection of Mid Century pieces in our new house.
5. Cheese Board and Knife Sets: For all those impromptu parties where one needs a few different sizes of cheeseboards and knives. The boards are an interesting enough shape that when they aren’t in use they could be displayed along your backsplash in a collection with a few other cutting boards.
6. Modern Teak Nightstands: These guys look solid and if you had a big open room they would be so pretty on either side of the bed.
7. Modern Teak Dresser: Same with the above but on the other side of the room, although I wouldn’t put the nightstands and the dresser in the same room as each of the pieces would loose a bit of their uniqueness and charm.
8. Beth Hertz Colorblock Painting: I am very into mixing modern and mid-century art into our english cottage. It helps to modernize the space a bit and bring some color in and I love this simple but graphic piece.
9. Burl End Table: I was always a fan of burl wood in our old home, and even had two nightstand in our guest room with a gloss burl wood finish. This is such a good shape and size and would be great as a side table to a stately sofa
10. Serigraph on Fabric: I am pretty sure that it is currently just a piece of fabric but if you were to frame this in a simple modern float frame you instantly have a large piece of graphic art for any room.
11. Burl Inlay Console Table: The parsons shape, burl inlay, make this a classic piece.
12. Rattan Bar Cart: Rattan and bar carts were meant for each other. This combination is giving me just the right amount of golden girls without it feeling too retro and tacky.
Rather than critiquing every single piece of art and telling you why I love it (art is very subjective after all). I can just tell you that I love all of these pieces and would gladly hang any of them in my house. I am very into antique seascapes, landscapes and drawings right now and am always looking to add to my collection so a few of these would be great to mix in with what I already have. More than anything else I crave original art (especially for my new place), because there tends to be less floor space than wall space, which means there is always room to add to my growing collection. Here are some of my favorites.
1. ‘Once There Were Curtains’ Painting | 2. 1932 Nautical Seascape | 3. Original Painting of City Block | 4. 1920’s Drypoint Boat Etching | 5. Colored Seascape Etching | 6. Oil Landscape by J. D. Nash | 7. Seascape by Robert Curry | 8. Seascape by Pasquale D’Orsi | 9. Moody Harbor Seascape| 10. Portrait by Emily B. Waite | 11. Rolling Hills Landscape | 12. 1900’s Mediterranean Landscape | 13. Harbor Scene Seascape | 14. German Landscape Painting | 15. 19th Century Portrait of a Man
Every day there is a new sale, all over the country. I’ve bought from the middle of the country from a sale and the shipping isn’t cheap, but it’s often cheaper than buying in LA and certainly way less daytime shopping time, which works for me with a busy schedule and two growing kids.
If you know anyone who wants to liquidate it all and have an estate sale I HIGHLY recommend this company instead of doing it yourself. They come to your house, let you know what pieces they want to sell, photograph them, catalog them, and then reimburse you once it all sells. They really couldn’t make it easier if you want to clean house.
Meanwhile for all you late night shoppers, welcome to your new addiction. Hopefully I’m not ruining my chances of getting the best stuff at a score by blogging about it, but my hope is that more estates will sign up with them and it can be a win, win for everyone.
Happy shopping, you shopping addicts 😉 Be sure to check out all of my favorites that are currently up for auction HERE, and if you get outbid for them then I am giving you a sincere apology right now as it may have been me that outbid you.